Nurses know that the skin is the largest organ of the body. We also know the outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone. As nurses, we are always aware of the need to prevent dry cracked hands.
One of my first jobs in the medical field was that of OR scrub tech. I lived in the south where there was plenty of moisture in the air and dry skin was not usually an issue. However, once I started scrubbing for surgery several times a day I began to see a difference. When scrubbing with a brush for a minimum of 3 min per hand and arm several times a day with betadine soap it didn’t take long to develop rough dry hands.
Chances are as a nurse you’re battling dry hands with all the hand washing you do daily. Now factor in winter weather and your hands are going to be looking for a lot of extra love. I find myself washing my hands and applying lotion all day. Many medical facilities prohibit perfumed lotions and sprays so you need to find one with no perfume.
One of the best products I have found for use when I am working is the Philosophy brand products. I have used these products for years with great results. Hope in a Jar is a world-renowned skin cream originally created for the medical market. It was on the list of Oprah’s favorite things one year which made it an extremely popular cream. This cream comes in many sizes so I keep one at work and by my sink at home.
I also like the Hands of Hope in a tube for when I travel. It smoothes dry hands and rough cuticles with shea butter and a blend of natural oils. This cream will leave your hands feeling silky soft. It works great on elbows and feet as well.
Keeping your hands moist is an important part of staying healthy. Dry cracked hands are an open portal for germs. If you are traveling to a dry hot climate or a cold winter climate make sure to keep a supply of lotion and hand cream. There are many types of lotions and creams on the market it is important to find the one that works best for your use.